Predicting the 2018 MLB season from the Colorado Rockies perspective
By Jake Shapiro
Rockies Pitcher of the Year: Jon Gray
The wolf is very good. He’s the club’s clearcut ace and even the average fan can see his development in each start. Granted, sometimes he struggles … but those struggles are only going to help him moving forward.
Rockies Hitter of the Year: Nolan Arenado
Last season, I was the only person in the world who said Charlie Blackmon would have a better year than Arenado. He did. That won’t happen again. Part of that is Arenado is going to have better lineup protection this season. Either Carlos Gonzalez returns to form or Ryan McMahon/David Dahl (who are waiting in the wings) takes over as the cleanup hitter.
Rockies Reliever of the Year: Chris Rusin
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I would pick Shaw. I really like him but this is something to note with both him and Wade Davis. For whatever odd reason, many Rockies have struggled their first year with the club, especially relievers. Boone Logan and Jake McGee have fallen into that on the mound and Gerardo Parra and Ian Desmond at the dish.
Scott Oberg is a great dark horse pick as he keeps getting better. Oberg just has not been consistent enough at this point to pick for reliever of the year.
Rusin was awesome last year and there’s no reason and can’t just keep getting better. Bud Black knows how to use Rusin now and he will do so often.
Rockies Rookie of the Year: Ryan McMahon
With all do respect to pitcher Yency Almonte, who will use his great spring training to a great season, he starts in Triple-A so that’s not a great pick. McMahon, the first baseman, was on a tear this spring. He’s a monster. He’s smart. He’s on a mission. Everything went wrong for McMahon two years ago and now all the ducks are in his row. Don’t be surprised if he wins NL Rookie of The Year. The biggest question regarding RyMac is just how much will Colorado utilize him.